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Power Outage Does Not Help Car Burglars Flee From Authorities

     Two men in their twenties face a slew of charges after they broke into cars in downtown Saugatuck then attempted to flee from police, with one crashing a stolen truck in the process, say local authorities. 

       The break-ins and attempted car theft occurred at about midnight during Consumers Energy’s power outage, which was scheduled for this past Monday at 12:00 a.m. throughout the greater Saugatuck area for approximately six hours for critical repair work. 

     “We were fortunate the personnel of the fire department were in downtown Saugatuck—they were there for the power outage— when this happened. They are to be commended; I am glad they were out and about,” Saugatuck-Douglas Police Department Chief Ken Giles told The Local Observer on Tuesday, about the fire department’s role in capturing the alleged criminals.

       He sees no connection between the power outage and the alleged crimes, explaining the two (arrested) individuals were more than likely not aware of Consumers’ planned outage, but were probably glad there were no lights on because they believed they would be less perceivable to their victims and other people. 

       The chief says that the men broke into several cars around Mason and Butler streets.  One fled on foot. The other helped himself to a truck and took police for a chase, but he didn’t get far—in his haste to get away from police, he rammed into two parked vehicles at Ridgewood Oak Apartments (on North Maple Street near the North Street intersection), got the truck jammed then immediately got out of it to run away on foot. 

       Both subjects were caught behind the swampy area of the Mildred Peterson Nature Preserve and immediately arrested, said Giles.

     The alleged perpetrators face multiple charges, including, among others, theft, fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing police, and felonious driving. 

       Besides the Saugatuck Township Fire District Department, the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office deputies as well as the state police were involved in responding to the incident. 

       The name of the alleged criminals—one from the City of Holland, the other from the City of Zeeland—will not be released until they are arraigned at Allegan County 57th District Court this week, Giles told the paper. 

       The Consumers Energy’s power outage that occurred this past Monday was a rescheduled event, as the previously planned outage did not occur. The power was shut off for safety reasons as Consumers conducted main substation repairs on a broken switch.

Power Outage Does Not Help Car Burglars Flee From Authorities

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